Fresh from their Kolkata derby win, ATK Mohun Bagan will purpose to proceed their red-hot type within the Indian Super League after they tackle bottom-placed Odisha FC on the Fatorda Stadium right here on Thursday.
The two sides have witnessed contrasting fortunes to this point this season. Odisha are winless and discover themselves within the backside half of the desk, having amassed only one level after their opening two video games. For ATKMB, a third-straight win on Thursday might put them on prime of the desk. They had overwhelmed rivals SC East Bengal 2-Zero within the first ISL derby on November 27.
Odisha FC got here from behind to safe their first level of the marketing campaign towards Jamshedpur FC however there shall be issues over their backline that has appeared shaky. Stuart Baxter’s aspect has conceded 29 photographs to this point, joint-most by a crew this season.
ATKMB striker Roy Krishna, with two targets in as many video games, will look to proceed his positive type. Antonio Habas’ aspect, having scored all their targets from open play, will as soon as once more purpose to hit their opponents on counter-attacks. Baxter is, nevertheless, properly conscious of this and desires his aspect to maintain issues tight on the again.
“You respect them because they have good and experienced players,” Baxter stated.
“While throwing players forward, we’re aware of the fact that, in transition, they get into the game quickly when we’re spread out. It’s up to the players on the day to make sure we take away the spaces they want and we defend well one-versus-one.”
Odisha FC may also need to be efficient on the entrance as they face a aspect who’re but to concede a purpose this season. Apart from ATKMB, Hyderabad FC are the one aspect who haven’t conceded a purpose this season. And as soon as once more, Habas will count on his aspect to be efficient at each ends of the pitch.
“The idea is to attack and defend. This is football and we attack and defend during transitions. This is the idea for us. I don’t understand football as only attack or only defense,” Habas had stated after their derby win towards SC East Bengal.
After netting a brace coming off the bench towards Jamshedpur, Odisha striker Diego Mauricio could possibly be in line for a begin. Baxter may also hope ahead Marcelinho regains his type, with the Brazilian having struggled to this point.